2016 Trimbach 'Clos Ste. Hune' Riesling Alsace
Winemaker Notes: A rich yet but very pure and cristalline Clos Ste Hune, with floral and citrus notes. Bone dry, mineral backbone and a lingering finish.
Vinous - "Luminous straw. Penetrating nuances of lime and guava join the lemon verbena, jasmine, mineral and white stone fruit aromas on the knockout, captivating nose. Then dense, complex and multilayered, offering profound flavors of fresh citrus fruit, sweet spices and talcum powder. Closes extremely long, clean and precise; this is a young white wine of utterly mesmerizing beauty. I find this to be one of the best young CSHs I have ever tasted; it is stylistically different but almost on the same quality level as the marvelous 2010 CSH. One sniff (never mind taste) and I was left almost speechless - and I’m not usually one who keeps his mouth shut when I recognize a truly great wine."
James Suckling - "This is really phenomenal with such compact fruit and mineral, lemon and spice character. It’s full-bodied yet so refined and polished. It goes on for days. Glorious!"
John Gilman - "Here in the United States, Clos Ste. Hune used to be something of an “insider’s wine” and I used to be able to sell a fairly significant number of cases of this wine back in my wine merchant days. Given the fact that only about seven thousand bottles are made in most vintages, it was pretty remarkable that I could get ten to fifteen cases of this wine in most vintages (twelve bottle cases back in those days), and sometimes I could also offer several back vintages as well! It is a lot harder to source this wine these days, as the world now fully understands just how special it is, but at least the superb quality has not changed at all from those good old days! The 2016 Clos Ste. Hune comes in at an even thirteen percent octane and offers up a pure, classic bouquet of green fruit, apple, petrol, a kaleidoscopic base of limestone minerality, citrus peel, just a whisper of fresh-culled mint and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is precise, deep and full, with a rock solid core of fruit, stunning mineral drive and grip, zesty acids and great length and grip on the beautifully balanced and very complex finish. This is a simply stunning vintage of Clos Ste. Hune! 2025-2065"
Wine Spectator - "A chiseled white, deftly knitting a lovely range of ripe nectarine and plum fruit, Meyer lemon peel and fresh rosemary notes with laserlike acidity and a rich undertow of petrol and brine. It's finely detailed and lightly chalky in texture, with the juicy fruit and mineral notes returning to echo on the finish. This is a pleasure right now but will continue to shine over time. Drink now through 2036."